Patient Education

If you or a loved one experience difficulties due to wound management issues, the following information may be helpful to you:

Off-Loading Safety and Prevention for Diabetics
Safety Precautions for the Elderly Skin Care
Take Care of Your Feet Tips for foot Wear for Diabetics
Are You At Nutritional
Risk?
Your Doctor Says…You Have to Lower Your Cholesterol
Amputation Prevention Fact Sheet Charcot Joint Disease
General Foot Care Guidelines
Coping With Loss of Sensation
Dealing With Pain

Are You at Nutritional Risk?

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you may be at risk of having malnutrition.  Poor nutrition can result in poor wound healing.  It can increase your risk of developing new ulcers.  If you are at nutritional risk, ask your doctor or a Registered Dietician for help to improve your diet.  Nyack Hospital’s registered dieticians offer one-on-one nutritional counseling services for individuals who wish to develop a personalized eating plan based upon their specific health condition. 

For further information about nutritional counseling services at Nyack Hospital, please call 845.348.2167.

Do you have a disease, illness, or chronic condition that causes you to change the way you usually eat or makes it hard for you to eat?
Four out of five adults have chronic diseases that affect their diets.  If you have confusion or memory los, you may have a hard time remembering what, when, or if you have eaten.  If you’ve been feeling sad or depressed, you may not have felt like eating.

Do you think you have a poor diet?
If you eat too much or too little, skip meals, eat the same thing everyday, or avoid certain food groups, you may not be getting adequate nutrients.  Drinking more than 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages a day also puts you at nutritional risk.

Do you have tooth or mouth pain, gum disease, missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures?
You need a healthy mouth, teeth and gums to eat well.  Problems with your mouth, teeth or dentures make it hard to eat.

Do you have too little money for food?
If you have less, or choose to spend less than $25-30 each week for food, it is very hard to get the foods you need to stay healthy.

Do you live and eat alone?
It is easier and more pleasurable to eat when you have company.  Being with people has a positive effect on your spirits and morale.

Are you taking a lot of medications?
As you get older, you respond differently to medications.  The more drugs you take, the greater your chance of developing side effects.  These may include decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea chance in taste and constipation.  Even vitamins and minerals, if taken in too large a dose, can have a negative effect.  Let you physician know every medication you take.

Have you been gaining or losing weight without meaning to?
If you have been gaining or losing weight without trying to, you need to let your doctor know right away.  This can be a symptom of a serious health condition.  Also, being over or underweight will increase your risk of developing health problems.

Do you have trouble walking, shopping or preparing food?
Problems getting around, out to the grocery store, buying food or cooking it can make it hard for you to get adequate nutrition.

Are you over 80?
The older you get, the more likely you are to have frail health or difficulty carrying out your normal daily activities.  Although most older Americans lead full and productive lives, if you are having difficulties taking care of yourself, you may also be having problems getting adequate nutrition.